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Uber driver in Bugis fight jailed, fined

An Uber driver who cursed at and exchanged blows with a Land Transport Authority traffic warden at a Bugis Junction taxi stand was yesterday jailed for a day and fined $2,000.

Goh Kok Ling, 60, who no longer drives for Uber, admitted to fighting with traffic warden Tan Hock Guan, 51, disturbing the public peace, and uttering a vulgarity in Hokkien on Nov 27 last year.

Tan, who is no longer a traffic warden, had received a similar sentence in May.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Daphne Lim said Tan was standing at the entrance of the taxi stand when he directed Goh, who was driving a Toyota Corolla Altis, not to enter.

He indicated that the Uber driver should proceed to the pick-up and drop-off point instead.

Unhappy, Goh told Tan to speak to his passenger, who wanted to be picked up from the taxi stand.

They had an exchange of words, and then got into a fight, which was broken up by a passer-by.

Goh had bruises on his chest, tenderness over his left cheek and two missing teeth. Tan had abrasions over his left knee.

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